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New Zealand mosque shooting: At least 49 killed after gunmen open fire

Tory leader Scheer issues new statement on attacks including mention of Muslims

At least 49 people were killed at mosques full of worshippers attending Friday prayers in Christchurch.

Unlike in the United States, where calls for greater gun control after mass shootings are often met by deaf ears when it comes to federal regulation, three mass shootings - only one of which happened in New Zealand - prompted legislative changes. David Gray went on a rampage, killing 12 people, including four children and a police officer. Health officials said 48 other people were being treated at Christchurch Hospital for gunshot wounds.

Law enforcement sources have told CBS News that Australian-born Brenton Harrison Tarrant, 28, was charged with murder over the attacks on the two mosques. "So we must face that hate and terror with love and compassion and not only should Muslims be going to jumah today, everyone should join them in solidarity".

It has been widely reported that the suspected gunman in the New Zealand massacre took to social media platforms to live stream his attacks.

Due to this, the number of firearms in New Zealand is largely unknown, although a May 2018 report by New Zealand police recorded approximately 254, 940 active firearm licences.

"People started to pass by us with blood stains on their clothes, they were very scared and their voices were trembling, some people could not even speak", restaurant manager Prakash Sapkota, who was near the mosques, told Euronews.

TRT World's Jacob Brown explains.

A still image taken from video circulated on social media apparently taken by a gunman and posted online live as the attack unfolded shows him entering a mosque in Christchurch New Zealand Mar 15 2019. Social Media Website  Handout via REUTERS TV

The gunman livestreamed the attack on Facebook and posted a manifesto that was filled with anti-immigrant, white supremacist and Islamophobic rhetoric.

The country had gun registration laws dating back to the 1800s, but in recent history, the most notable laws was the Arms Act of 1983 that banned the registration of certain long guns and required police to conduct background checks on anyone hoping to get a gun registration. He said his brother last visited Jordan two years ago.

In tweets and a Facebook post late Thursday evening, Scheer condemned an attack on freedom and "peaceful worshippers" but did not make note of the fact the worshippers were Muslims.

Ardern said that New Zealand does not condone racism and is not an enclave for extremism. This, I want to assure people, is to ensure that all our agencies are responding in the most appropriate way, that includes at our borders.

We are a proud nation of more than 200 ethnicities, 160 languages, and amongst said diversity, we share common values and the one we place the currency on right now and tonight is our compassion and the support for the community of those directly affected by this tragedy and secondly, the strongest possibly condemnation of the ideology of the people who did this.

Christchurch was the home of these victims.

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